Community skills, knowledge and engagement

Australia's progress towards a healthier environment and the sustainable use of natural resources depends on the collective actions of many individuals, groups and communities. Their actions need to be strategically supported and resourced.

The following statements outline what we consider to be ambitious but achievable outcomes for the first five years of Caring for our Country.

By 2013, Caring for our Country will:

  • Improve the access to knowledge and skills of urban and regional communities in managing natural resources sustainably and helping protect the environment.
  • Increase the engagement and participation rates of urban and regional communities in activities to manage natural resources and to help protect the environment.
  • Position all regional natural resource management organisations deliver best practice landscape conservation and sustainable land planning to communities and land managers within their regions.
  • Ensure the continued use, support, and reinvigoration of traditional ecological knowledge to underpin biodiversity conservation.

These outcome statements help determine our priorities for investing Caring for our Country funds and help us make decisions about the most efficient way of taking action.